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Hut Circle (and Early Field System ) on Bryn Seward

A Scheduled Monument in Arthog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.6861 / 52°41'9"N

Longitude: -4.0367 / 4°2'12"W

OS Eastings: 262427

OS Northings: 311769

OS Grid: SH624117

Mapcode National: GBR 8T.3YK6

Mapcode Global: WH56S.YRX4

Entry Name: Hut Circle (and Early Field System ) on Bryn Seward

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3223

Cadw Legacy ID: ME085

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Unenclosed hut circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Arthog

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument consists of a portion of relict landscape, probably dating to the prehistoric or medieval period. The area includes the remains of a field system, incorporating a well-preserved stone-built enclosure surrounding a hut (possibly modified by a later sheepfold), clearance cairns, lynchets (banks formed at the end of a field by soil which, loosened by the plough, gradually moves down slope through a combination of gravity and erosion) and a number of less well-defined lengths of walling, small enclosures or huts. There are also a number of probable burial cairns which are likely to date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The features lie across a local ridge to either side of an ancient routeway through the Meirionnydd hills, and are among a number of sites in the local area which represent the ritual and settlement landscape along this routeway.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric/medieval settlement and agricultural practices and of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The site is well preserved and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits, including both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence, and evidence relating to chronology, building techniques and functional detail. The site forms an important element within the surrounding landscape. This field system and cairns are part of a larger cluster of monuments, the importance of which is further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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